Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries and also one of the most impoverished, with almost half of the population living on less than $1 (US) per day. It is a low-lying country which has seen severe flooding in recent years and is also vulnerable to cyclones and monsoons which can cause extensive damage. Natural disasters such as these combined with high population density create a high risk factor for the spread of infectious disease.
The main focus of LEPRA Health in Action’s operations in Bangladesh is to support and strengthen the government health system to reduce the burden of leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (LF) and tuberculosis affecting the poorest people in the country. Currently LEPRA works in the following districts: Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore and Bogra.
Leprosy in Bangladesh
- Disability rehabilitation
- Prevention of disability
People with insensitive hands and feet learn how to care for their injuries and how to prevent further damage.
- Income generation activities
- Removing stigma
Communities are educated through information campaigns to remove the stigma attached to leprosy.
TB in Bangladesh
- Awareness raising
- Free testing
- Treatment provision
LEPRA provides an multi-drug antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis that is also known as DOTS.
Lymphatic filariasis in Bangladesh
“I show the articles to health staff, as well as patients, to remind them of the continuing problem of leprosy and its stigma around the world.”
Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Texas